Ethan Varian

Staff Reporter (Retail, Nonprofits)

Phone: 818-316-3130 Extension: 124

Recent Stories

EPA Orders Groundwater Cleanup

The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered two aerospace manufacturers to spend more than $21 million to clean up groundwater contamination at a Superfund site near the Hollywood Burbank Airport.

Dole Appoints President of Fresh Vegetables

Dole Food Co. Inc. has appointed Michael Solomon as president of Dole Fresh Vegetable, the Westlake Village company announced Tuesday.

B. Riley Participates in $1.4 Billion Rent-A-Center Acquisition

B. Riley Financial Inc. has partnered with Vintage Capital Management to acquire Rent-A-Center Inc, the Woodland Hills financial firm announced Monday.

Princess Cruises Screen World Cup Matches on Deck

Princess Cruises has begun broadcasting this year’s World Cup soccer matches for guests aboard nine of its cruise ships.

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Cherokee Quarterly Report Hints at Insolvency

Cherokee Inc. could face the prospect of bankruptcy, the company announced in an earnings report on Thursday.

Judge Approves AT&T Purchase of Time Warner

A federal judge has approved AT&T Inc.’s acquisition of Time Warner Inc., the parent company of Warner Bros. Entertainment in Burbank.

IHOP Rebrands as IHOb

IHOP is temporarily changing its branding to IHOb as part of a marketing campaign to introduce a new line of burgers, the restaurant announced Monday.

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Those Going Broke Blues

Retail: Unless profits improve, S&P predicts Guitar Center will default on debt by 2020.

Is Guitar Center approaching insolvency?

Shopping App Eases Store Exit

RETAIL: Ralphs tests scanning technology at Studio City store.

Ralphs in Studio City tests checkout app.

Burbank’s Futurist

Former mayor Thomas Flavin now works on economic development as chamber CEO.

Burbank Chamber CEO Thomas Flavin.

Valley Country Mart Seeks Boutique Tenants

DEVELOPMENT: Mix to include fitness gym, bakery and coffee shop.

Valley Country Mart seeks tenants.

Preview: Shopping App Eases Store Exit

Ralphs tests scanning technology in Studio City.

Atara Hires Former Amgen Exec as CFO

Atara Biotherapeutic Inc. has appointed Utpal Koppikar as chief financial officer.

City Sues Van Nuys Motel in Criminal Crackdown

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer has filed a lawsuit against the owners of the Hyland Motel on Sepulveda Boulevard in Van Nuys seeking an injunction to curb alleged drug sales, prostitution and violent gang crime at the property, the city attorney’s office announced Thursday.

Cherokee Shares Drop Back Below $1

Shares of Cherokee Inc. fell back to below a dollar on Wednesday, after jumping 34 percent Tuesday on news that the company had sold its Flip Flop Shops retail chain.

Report: Pegi Matsuda Leaving Valley Pres

Pegi Matsuda, a longtime civic leader in the San Fernando Valley, has sent an email saying she will step down from her position at Valley Presbyterian Hospital.

Coinstar to Feature Provision Holographs at Kiosks

A holographic advertising display, powered by Chatsworth-based Provision Interactive Technologies Inc., will be available on Coinstar LLC’s coin-counting kiosks in most Giant Eagle supermarkets, Coinstar announced Tuesday.

IHOP Teases Name Change on Social Media

On its social media accounts, IHOP has announced that it will be “flipping” its name to “IHOb” on June 11.

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Flip Flop Sale Sends Cherokee Shares Higher

Shares of Cherokee Inc. gained more than 34 percent to close at $1.06 on Tuesday, after the company announced the sale of its Flip Flop Shops retail chain to footwear manufacturer Bearpaw Holdings LLC for an undisclosed amount.

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State Senate Passes Hertzberg’s Blockchain Bill

Valley politician looks for ‘creative ways’ to use secure technology.

Local lawmaker’s bill on blockchain technology passes in state Senate.

Next-Gen Reformer

19-year-old Justin Clark is running for the California Assembly on a pro-business platform.

College student and Assembly candidate Justin Clark has plans to help small businesses.

Technology, Tax Reform Impact Money Managers

Financial firms look beyond equities amid growing market volatility.

How technology and tax reform are impacting money managers.

Jenny Chen

As head of Hutchinson & Bloodgood’s Legal Service Group, Jenny Chen has knowledge of the accounting involved in law firms and frequently speaks to attorney groups.

Margaret Shanley

As national director for CohnReznick’s Transactional Advisory Services practice, Margaret Shanley performs due diligence for acquisitions and other strategic transactions.

Amgen to Participate in Cancer Symptom Research Project

Amgen Inc. has partnered with four government agencies and universities to launch a program aimed at helping cancer patients better manage their symptoms.

American Homes 4 Rent Appoints New CFO

American Homes 4 Rent has appointed Christopher Lau as chief financial officer, effective July 1, the Agoura Hills-based company announced Wednesday.

Disney-ABC Exec to Leave Company

Bruce Rosenblum, president of business operations for Disney-ABC TV Group, will leave the company at the end of this month, according to an internal memo sent by Disney-ABC President Ben Sherwood.

MGA’s Larian Drops Bid for Toys R Us

MGA Entertainment Inc. Chief Executive Issac Larian has withdrawn his offer to purchase hundreds of Toys R Us stores after he was unable to come to terms with the bankrupt retailer’s creditors.

Report: MGA Proposed Merger With Mattel

Isaac Larian, chief executive of Van Nuys toymaker MGA Entertainment Inc., last month offered to merge the company with rival Mattel Inc., according to a report by The Wall Street Journal Friday.

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Steve Allen Awards Honor Schools, Students and Educators

The Valley Economic Alliance recognized Valley schools, students and educators that have earned national honors at the organization’s board of governors meeting Wednesday night in Van Nuys.

CyberCoders List Top In-Demand Tech Jobs

CyberCoders, a subsidiary of Calabasas information and technology recruiter ASGN Inc. (formerly On Assignment Inc.), has released a report on the top 10 most in-demand tech jobs this year.

Harbor Freight Issues Chainsaw Safety Recall

Harbor Freight Tools has issued a safety recall for three of its chainsaws in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Calabasas-based company announced Monday.

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Two HQs in KCET Merger

MANAGEMENT: In a return to PBS, Burbank station hopes for ‘cost-effective operations.’

Benefits of KCET’s merger with PBS SoCal.

Startup Sees VR Beyond Visuals

ENTERTAINMENT: Vibrations, scents add to immersive effect.

Positron brings virtual reality to theater seats.

MGA Beats Doll Counterfeiters in Courtroom

LAW: Van Nuys toy maker wins $1.2 million decision against 81 manufacturers.

MGA takes counterfeiters to trial.

Bread Gives Rise to Cafe Expansion

Open-hearth sandwich shop opens fifteenth location in Pasadena.

Café Urbane opens shop in Pasadena.

Applebee’s Franchise Owner Files for Bankruptcy

RMH Franchise, a major owner of Applebee’s Grill and Bar franchises, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, according to a report by the Associated Press.

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Cheesecake Factory Shakes Up Leadership Team

Cheesecake Factory Inc. has appointed two new executives to its leadership team, the Calabasas company announced Friday.

Universal Studios to Revamp Jurassic Ride

Universal Studios Hollywood will close its “Jurassic Park” ride this fall to make way for an updated dinosaur-themed attraction set to open in 2019.

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Dine Brands Appoints CFO

Dine Brands Global Inc. has appointed Thomas Song as chief financial officer.

Dine Brands Appoints New CFO

Dine Brands Global Inc. has appointed Thomas Song as chief financial officer.

Outsource Agency Selects Chairman

Outsourced sales and marketing agency Certified Management Group LLC has appointed former Coca-Cola Co. executive Hal Kravitz as chairman of its board of directors, the Glendale company announced Monday.

B Riley Shares Climb 7 Percent on Quarterly Results

B. Riley Financial Inc. reported adjusted first quarter earnings of $8.8 million, or 32 cents a share, the Woodland Hills financial services firm announced Monday.

Younes Nazarian to Receive Honorary CSUN Degree

California State University – Northridge will confer an honorary doctorate on Los Angeles entrepreneur and philanthropist Younes Nazarian during this year’s commencement ceremony, the university announced Monday.

LAUSD's New Superintendent to Speak at Woodbury Graduation

Austin Beutner, the newly appointed superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, will deliver the keynote address at Woodbury University’s graduation ceremonies on May 12.

Dine Brands Earnings Beat Estimates

Dine Brands Global Inc. reported better-than-expected first quarter adjusted earnings of $1.11 a share, the Glendale-based company announced Wednesday.

Salem Selects Radio Vet for Special Projects

Salem Media Group Inc. has hired former Radio One general manager Gary Spurgeon as senior vice president of special projects for the broadcast division, the company announced Tuesday.

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MGA Wins $1.2 Million Judgment Against Counterfeiters

MGA Entertainment has won a $1.2 million judgment and a permanent injunction against 81 toy manufacturers found to have sold counterfeit versions of the Van Nuys company’s popular L.O.L. Surprise! Dolls online.

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Hotels Hurry to Upgrade in Face of Competition

High occupancy rates justify investments in infrastructure, technology.

Valley area hotels invest in technology.

State Restates Need for Hospital-Based Charity

LAW: Attorney General denies requests to ease giving requirement.

Medical charities to benefit from state decision.